Foot Conditions

Osteoarthritis Treatment in Erie, PA

Osteoarthritis - otherwise known as a degenerative joint disease - is the most common type of arthritis. It most commonly occurs in weight-bearing joints of the feet. It can also disturb the neck and large toe.

Osteoarthritis tends to affect women more often than men. Most people that are 60 years or older have osteoarthritis to a varying degree. However, it has been diagnosed in individuals in their 20s and 30s, as well.

Osteoarthritis

Symptoms often develop gradually and include:

  • Joint aching and soreness.
  • Pain after overuse or after long periods of inactivity.
  • Bony enlargements in the middle and end joints.
  • Joint swelling and fluid accumulation.

An individual's chances of developing osteoarthritis are based on several factors including:

  • Heredity - People born with joint abnormalities are more likely to develop osteoarthritis.
  • Obesity - Obesity increases the risk for osteoarthritis of the knee and hip.
  • Injury - Injuries can be linked to the development of osteoarthritis. Athletes who have knee-related injuries may be at higher risk of developing osteoarthritis of the knee.
  • Joint Overuse - Overuse of certain joints increases the risk of developing osteoarthritis.

If you're suffering from osteoarthritis, please visit your doctor to see what treatment options are available for you.

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